Below are past editions from 2016. Click on edition date to view downloadable PDF. For earlier archives of the Arkansas Baptist News visit special collections at Ouachita Baptist University.



January 14 – Floodwaters activate Ark. DR vols; ABN recaps top stories of 2015; Central Baptist grows campus near Newport; 2,000 blessed at 'Christmas is for Caring' event; Renewed gay marriage ban in Ala. debated; Congress sends PPFA defunding bill to Obama; Workshops a part of evangelism conference; Ex-chaplain at McPherson faces charges.


January 28 – Communicators fall amid IMB cutbacks; Thousands 'March for Life' in LR; Hollingsworth to lead South Carolina Baptists; Ark. mission giving increases; Self, moderate SBC nominee, dies; Man finds Christ after shooting; Activist group targets colleges; DR vols share Christ during cleanup; Sam Roberts new ABSC president.


February 11 – ABSC evangelism conference: Thousands gather to focus on growth; Pastor takes 'steps' to pay debt; LifeWay trustees OK building relocation; Christian entertainment: 'Risen' tells of Crucifixion; Prayer workshop: Smith to attendees: 'Just worship Him'; Hundreds of voices 'ring' at PraizFest; Paron to offer programmed camp; Pressing On: What does the IMB have to hide?; When the sheep feed the shepherd.


February 25 – Orphan finds God, serves in Arkansas; 'Apologetic Cafe' opens Bible dialogue over radio airwaves; Platt asks state media to encourage unity; Christian Education edition; New cowboy church in Pope County; 200-plus saved during Honduras trip; Moore mobilizes seniors to pray; OBU dedicates Bill Vining Legacy Wall; Holman center to host Stuttgart clinic.


March 10 – 1,132 leave IMB in historic 'reset'; Arkansas missionary reacts to force reduction; Hunters seek fowl, but find God; Photo: Watoto Children's Choir; Church Building & Facilities edition; Toon named 'Missionary of the Year'; Bi-vocational challenges explored; 600 seek answers for their generation; Pressing On: The nasty turn of political discourse; Women & Faith page.


March 24 – Bellevue's Gaines to be SBC nominee; Cowboy churches reach NM Indians; Viloa church's heart breaks for community Easter; 650 'Inspired' to stand against darkness; ABN Day of Prayer across state May 15; DR to aid south Arkansas flood victims; Arkansas Baptist wins 4A basketball title; Baylor settles dispute with alumni association.


April 7 – IMB responds to baptism report; Arkansas DR volunteers bringing relief; Armed man arrested at Bellevue Baptist Easter service; Mission Siloam promotes 'life vision'; Some storms know no season; Baptists await contraceptive ruling; Nick Burt joins ABSC staff; Carey association celebrates 100 years; Unconditional love brings atheist to Christ.


April 21 – 'America is in trouble,' Graham tells Arkansans; Ben Sells named 16th president of Ouachita Baptist; Video endorsing candidate for SBC president of little concern to leaders; LifeWay breaks ground on new location; 'Mr. Disaster Relief' honored; Tiger Serve impacts Arkadelphia; Church gets tech help from children.


May 5 – Southern Baptists to meet in St. Louis; Target in bullseye for boycott; Crystal Hill members recovering from horrific wreck; SBC president candidates interviewed; Files named 'Mother of Year'; 12 saved during N. Pulaski outreach; Floyd challenges child care providers; Tingle shares story with retirees.


May 19 – Moore and Trump tangle on Twitter; Student revival erupts in Walnut Ridge; Williams mourns loss of student athlete; Montalvo: ‘Team up’ to reach lost; Facebook liberal bias questioned; Object lessons teach Jesus at ‘Sproing’; ABCHomes fashion show raises $40K; Vols key to Camp Paron ministry.


June 2 – ABSC CP budget set at $21 million; ‘Foreign missions’ in Jonesboro; Floyd, evangelicals to meet with Trump; Page: Bi-vocational pastors ‘not alone’; Students experience ministry through E4Call; Rising health care costs a concern for churches; Cooperation Agreements stir petition; Transgender bathroom controversy.


June 16 – SBC loses members, increases churches; ‘Gospel video’ seeks to reach culture; Tops $165.8 million: Record giving to LMCO; Sports camp opens door to church’s community; Baylor fires coach Briles, demotes president Starr; Bobby Bowen named ABN ‘Father of the Year’ for 2016; Graham statue moving to N.C.; MBC wins appeals court ruling in Foundation case; Williams Baptist sells Ridge Center; Questions linger for IMB leaders.


June 30 – SBC: Baptists call for prayer, end to racism; Evangelicals meet with candidate: Floyd a Trump ‘advisor’; Ouachita campaign exceeds $48M; World Changers ‘dive’ into Little Rock service; B21 panelists call for ‘gospel intentionality’; Overstreet to serve as ABN intern; NAMB says Md./Del. investigation ‘concluded’; Debbie Moore retires from ABSC after 15 years; SBC repudiates Confederate flag; Arkansas Baptists at SBC St. Louis.


July 14 – ‘Handyman missionaries’ serve at Paron; Court’s order ‘great concern’ for religious liberty; Camp Siloam campaign reaches $1 million; Trump ‘born-again’, according to Dobson; Former McPherson chaplain pleads guilty; Ark. Baptists share gospel in St. Louis; Pressing On: ‘Two Kinds Of Justice’; Super Summer a student favorite.


July 28 – Ark. disaster relief: Partner in the storm; Designed ‘mobile first’: ABN revamps website; ‘Intensive’ prayer meeting Aug. 29-30; FBC, Hatfield, shares Christ through hoops; Arkansas Baptist News announces staff changes; Obama transgender order challenged by 10 more states; Expository Preaching Conference trains pastors; Severe storm closes Baptist building; Tucker: ‘Our responsibility in crisis’; Smaller churches to lead Pastors’ Conf.


August 11 – UrbanPromise takes gospel to neighborhood; Seeking the Messiah in Israel; Alcohol-church debate erupts after pastor fired; For now, Supreme Court blocks transgender ruling; Former ABSC staffer to lead WMU; FBC, Rogers, aims gospel at young marksmen; ‘Faith’ reconciliation in the Delta; Missionary family dies in W. Nebraska wreck; ‘Mentorship’ key to E4Call program; 218 saved on FBC, Beebe, mission.


August 25 – ABSC to move closer to historic 50-50 CP split; Statewide prayer meeting August 29-30 in Little Rock; La. flooding activates Ark. DR teams; 3,202 decisions made during Brazil Olympics; Injuries teach OBU athlete what’s ‘really important’; The eternal impact of VBS in Arkansas; Pressing On: A five-year strategic plan bears fruit; Inaugural RECHARGE held at Camp Paron; OBU tops in #MyTopCollege competition.


September 8 – Prayer rally calls for racial and spiritual unity; It’s missions here, there, everywhere; Ark. DR responds to historic La. flooding; Ken Starr cuts ties with Baylor University; Ark. Dems add medical pot to platform; ‘The Grind’ Podcast brings church planting talk to Web; Delta pastor sees ministry vision met; Dixie Jackson: ‘Living the Gospel’ 2016 offering theme; LGBT claims unsupported by science, report says; Pressing On: Of Big Macs and men; Christ of the Ozarks marks 50 years; Youth ‘clamor’ for worship at Siloam.


September 22 – Ark. Baptists to ‘Engage’ at 163rd annual meeting; ‘Medical marijuana’ debate takes center stage in Ark. Nov. 8 election; Tim Kaine says the Bible supports gay marriage; La. floods: Stories of loss, redemption; Students serve La. flood victims; Thousands to gather at SYATP Sept. 28; Williams moves up in U.S. News rankings; Pressing On: How to respond to ‘taking a knee’; Christians, be alert; the battle rages; Knowledge a key to safe ministry.


October 6 – Religion’s impact $1.2 trillion in US; Students pray for schools, nation; Ark. Baptists respond to call across globe; Missouri Supreme Court returns MBC Foundation; Women ‘Engage’ in missions experience; ABSC Pastors’ Conference to address church issues; ABN announces 2016 Christmas card contest; Pressing On: Stand up and vote your faith in November; Parsons wows at Golden Age event.


October 20 – Acts 1:8 One Day volunteers share Christ in Ft. Smith; From Cobras to Christ: 14 ex-gang members make professions of faith; Ark. DR to North Carolina; One of top 3 churches in SBC: Cross Church ups CP gifts to $1.1 million; Annie Armstrong giving reported 2nd highest; Faith Riders take gospel to biker haven; Pressing On: Is the 2016 election God’s judgment on America?; Monette churches join to help veteran; Nailbenders help church in Missouri.


November 3 – Siloam receives $1M gift; ‘Engage’ draws Baptists to LR; Apologetics ed critical to reaching culture; American history museum to examine U.S. religion; Smith, who led Brotherhood, dies at 95; Pressing On: Here she is ... 115 years strong; Key ballot measures for Nov. 8 election; Election exposes Evangelical divide; Speakers to attendees: ‘Engage Arkansas with gospel’; ABSC agency reports highlight God’s work in Ark.


November 17 – Williams celebrates homecoming; Trump elected; Ark. voters approve ‘medical marijuana’; Ark. churches among fastest growing; Death penalty affirmed in Calif., Neb., Okla.; USPS issues Nativity stamp for Christmas season; Physician-assisted suicide approved in Colo.; 300 gather at Siloam for Replicate; Remains of Baptist lobbyist’s wife found; ‘You are!’ theme of ABCHomes offering; Lottie Moon offering goal $155 million; Special Section: Williams turns 75.


December 1 – New app supports giving; Tucker says: ABSC reflecting growing diversity; Businessman Gillis recognized for service; In same week: Hunter bags record buck, gets baptized; Sheffield recognized for 60 years of ministry; ABSC Evangelism Conf. Jan. 30-31; Graham crusades’ Cli Barrows dies at 93; Physician-assisted suicide grows in U.S.; Florist, bakers await court decision; Girls stand for faith at Radiant; Ivory Coast missionaries mark 50th.


December 15 – Nativity ban results in flood of displays; Ark. Baptists celebrate Christmas through outreach, special events; One door closes; another opens: Church plant gifted with new facility; Trump picks Baptist to lead EPA department; Charitable donations up overall in 2015; Ark. 4th in rate of divorce nationwide; Former ABSC staffer Bob Holley dies at 83; Pressing On: How a funeral helps us consider life.

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